Coronavirus Update May 8

May. 8, 2020

 

Dental students, residents, staff, and faculty at UNLV Dental Medicine clinics look forward to welcoming our patients return. We continue to work so we can provide patient care in a safe and healthy environment. We look forward to seeing you again since you – our patients – contribute to our dental students’ and residents’ learning. We are grateful that our patients come to the UNLV Dental Medicine clinics for their dental and oral healthcare.

We are proud to report we are implementing additional measures to increase everyone’s safety. We have always followed PPE (personal protective equipment) protocols and follow up-to-date state and federal guidelines. We continue to take care of patients seeking emergency dental care and screen them to help manage their dental urgent needs. We are finalizing re-opening all UNLV Dental Medicine clinics as early as mid-May, so please check our website (unlv.edu/dental) to get the latest updates since changes are happening.

Parking: Our parking lot is under construction to add even more spaces; it is set for completion by July 2020. Patient drop-off is available at the front, east-facing entrance. Patient parking is available behind Building D with entries off westbound Charleston Boulevard and around the corner from Shadow Lane. Additional parking is available off Shadow Lane on the north side of the campus and in an overflow parking lot farther north. Please review the maps enclosed, which show construction zones, alternate parking areas, and campus entrances.

Before your appointment: We can answer questions when we schedule and confirm your appointments. We are focused on safety for everyone, so please know our processes are changing to ensure the health and well-being for a safe experience. If you are not feeling well, we are happy to reschedule your appointment.

Entering the clinic: When you check in, we ask you to complete our screening process. We will take your temperature, review and have you answer our COVID-19 screening questions. We follow social distancing and ask for you to wear a mask as you walk throughout the clinics, hallways, and treatment areas.

You will notice our student dentists, residents, staff, and faculty will be wearing the usual PPE and adding measures such as surgical caps, face shields, and booties. In certain clinic areas, we are making additions such as glass partitions and air purification machines to reduce aerosols/spray in the air. These administrative and engineering controls are designed to ensure everyone’s protection. We continue to explore additional measures to lessen risks where possible.

You support a critical element in helping our dental students and residents learn! We are excited to welcome you back to UNLV Dental Medicine clinics and want to welcome new patients as we follow guidelines for reopening Nevada and our community. 

Thank you and stay well.